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Here Are the Winners of the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards

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Squeaking in just before the Oscars, Aubrey Plaza hosted the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Spirit Awards are a decidedly chiller affair than many in awards season, taking place on a beach during the day. If Beale Street Could Talk took Best Feature, and Barry Jenkins won Best Director for the James Baldwin adaptation. Boots Riley won Best First Feature for Sorry to Bother You, and he called out what he sees as the impending U.S.-backed coup in Venezuela during his acceptance speech. Ethan Hawke, Glenn Close, Regina King, and Richard E. Grant won the top acting awards. And as it’s been throughout the year, Won’t You Be Me Neighbor? won Best Documentary. Of course, the true winner of the night was Glenn Close’s dog, Sir Pippin of Beanfield, who walked up to accept Close’s award with her.

Best Feature 
If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Director
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best First Feature
Sorry to Bother You

Best Male Lead
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed 

Best Female Lead
Glenn Close, The Wife

Best Supporting Female Actor
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Supporting Male Actor
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Cinematography
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Suspiria

Best Screenplay
Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best First Screenplay
Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade

Best Editing
Joe Bini, You Were Never Really Here

Best Documentary
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best International Film
Roma (Mexico)

Piaget Producers Award
Shrihari Sathe

The Someone to Watch Award
Alex Moratto, Sócrates

The Bonnie Award
Debra Granik

Robert Altman Award

John Cassavetes Award
En el Séptimo Día 

Glenn Close Brought Her Dog to Accept Her Spirit Award